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Just Ducky -- Bowl Roundup, Part Deux

Just Ducky

By Phil Hecken, with Terry Duroncelet

While I was away for the past few days, in New Hampshire, chasing a story for my Independent Study project for this semester (hint: it deals with GOP candidates), I didn’t get to watch any TV, including all but about 5 minutes of the BCS Championship Game Monday night. I missed UW and you guys. Fortunately, the man who has, without fail, been bringing us NCAA Football roundups throughout the entire season, and who graced us with one of the most amazing roundups for the first half of the Bowls, my NCAA partner-in-uni-crime, Terry Duroncelet has been living and dying college ball for the past several weeks. So, without further ado, and making his final NCAA roundup for the season, is Terry. Enjoy:


-TicketCity Bowl (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); The Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions arrive to the game in the uniform that most people love, but some… well, let’s just say that you know who you are ;). The tried-and-true white helmets, blue jerseys, and white pants. The University of Houston Cougars showed up in their red helmets, white jerseys, and red pants. The first of six bowl games on the day.

-Outback Bowl (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); The University of Georgia (in Athens) Bulldogs wore their classic red/red/silver look (cool belt), and the Michigan State University Spartans wore their somewhat standard road uniform (they have two different pairs of white pants), which isn’t all that bad, but those pants kinda suck. The start of overtime was pretty comical, because the ref looked sooo short compared to the two players!

-Capital One Bowl (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); The University of South Carolina Gamecocks going mono-garnet for the game, and the University of Wisconsin (in Madison) Badgers Nebraska (in Lincoln) Cornhuskers in their standard road uniform. Kenny Bell had on a pair of striped socks to go with his… uhh… striped socks. Gator Bowl (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); THE Ohio State University Buckeyes wearing their standard road uniforms of silver (yes, silver) helmets and pants with white jerseys in their last bowl game until the 2013 season (correct me if I’m wrong), and the the University of Florida Gators went with their standard home uniform of orange helmets, blue jerseys, and white pants. Good-looking game.

-AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (held Friday, January 6th, 2012); The University of Arkansas Razorbacks arrive to the game in their dark red helmets and jerseys (including the blanco underarms), and white pants. The Kansas State University Wildcats wearing PAUL’S FAVORITE COLOR as trim, with their white jerseys, grey helmets and grey pants. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t all that thrilled with the pace of the game as I was in previous years. But JerryWorld’s ringleader was happy with the outcome.

-BBVA Compass Bowl (held Saturday, January 7th, 2012); The University of Pittsburgh Panthers in their gold helmets and pants with navy blue jerseys faced off against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs in their full-whites. Unfortunately, the uniforms weren’t the most notable thing about that game. Bowl (held Sunday, January 8th, 2012); The Northern Illinois University Huskies wearing full-black uniforms against the Arkansas State University Red Wolves wore black helmets, white jerseys, and red pants, which actually didn’t look too bad on ’em.

–The following BCS bowl games that I’m about to list are addressed in the way that I feel like they should be addressed as (bowl name first, sponsor second). The only one that won’t be listed differently is the Rose Bowl, because it’s already addressed in that way.–

-The Rose Bowl presented by Vizio (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, The Rose Bowl, The Granddaddy of Them All, whatever you want to call it, it’s always a gem to watch. Played in a beautiful stadium that I was blessed to even visit one year, let alone be able to march on that very field (that’s me on the bottom right). This year’s contest was between two teams that were in the previous two Rose Bowl games: the University of Oregon Ducks (Rose Bowl runner-ups in 2010), and the University of Wisconsin (in Madison) Badgers (Rose Bowl runner-ups in 2011). Both teams showed up to the prom in some fancy new attire. Sconnie came in with a new Adidas uniform that wasn’t anything too different from what they normally wear, “Battle Rose” design notwithstanding. I had to use the hi-def pictures here because the patterns were practically invisible on the field. Still looked pretty cool, although they should’ve broken out the red pants. More Wisconsin pics here. On the Oregon side, they wore a brand-new Nike Pro Combat uniform (I think this is the 4th installment of Nike PC. Sadly, the robo-duck wings weren’t included =/ ): a monochrome Thunder Green uniform with “mallard” green numbers outlined in Lightning Yellow in a brand-new font that kicks Bellotti Bold square in the nads. But the biggest story uni-wise were the helmets worn by Oregon. Hydro Graphics Inc. and Nike teamed up and worked on the design to appeal to 17 year-olds who love shiny objects use in TGoTA. They weren’t as blindingly reflective as I thought they were gonna be. The design was… O.K, but I still believe that a LiquidMetal green shell with yellow wings/O logo would’ve been SOOOO frickin’ cool. The graphics throughout the game showed Oregon’s freaky helmet. The player names were actually sewn directly onto the jersey on the new “Chain Maille Mesh” fabric. One more thing… the pants for this year’s Nike Pro Combat uniforms are slightly different. In the past, the stretch mesh wrapped around the back of the knees, but this year’s pants don’t do that, and game photos confirmed that. I mention this because it’ll be interesting to see what pant stripes will look like next season on NFL teams with pant stripes. But either way, the new AmPac Mach 4 suit should be a hit amongst NFL players who like Nikegon, as the Ducks won their first Rose Bowl in 95 years that day. More Oregon pics here.

-The Fiesta Bowl presented by Tostitos (held Monday, January 2nd, 2012); The last time the Oklahoma State University Cowboys played in the Fiesta Bowl was in 1974 (unless Wikipedia steered me wrong), when they defeated BYU 16-6. This year, they go up against the Stanford University Cardinal. They decided on the full-Vader look for this game, to invoke some manly badassery contrast well with the Cardinal’s classy all-whites. A good-looking game, in my opinion. Several Cowboys wore new grey sheriff patches on their collars with an orange “C” as captaincy designations. Not the first time that they’ve done this. I take it that they’re treated in the same fashion as Notre Dame’s NOBs, in which they only make appearances in bowl games? They are — in my opinion — the greatest captaincy designations I’ve ever seen in football (the Philadelphia Flyers [who played that same day] took the title for hockey with their keystone designations). Stanford had a memorial patch on their jerseys (and a matching decal on the back of the helmets) that read “CMc” in memory of Stanford assistant Chester McGlockton.

-The Sugar Bowl presented by Allstate (held Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012); The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (SPOILER ALERT: that was a mouthful, so they’ll accept “Virginia Tech”) Hokies look to erase at least some of the bitter taste from their mouths from last year’s Orange Bowl loss to Stanford as they faced off against the University of Michigan Wolverines, who return to their first BCS bowl game since the 2007 Rose Bowl, and look to get their fist major bowl game win since the 2000 Orange Bowl. VT kept it simple by going with maroon lids and tops with the all-white pants. I wish that they would use the white pants with the maroon/orange/maroon stripes, and those black crew socks suck, but still a good look. It was reported that Michigan would wear a new uniform for the game, which would be their 7th uni on the season (Michigan. Wearing seven different uniforms in one season? What the…). Here’s how they looked on the field. It’s O.K. Better than the tops that they normally wear, but I would’ve gone with their Under the Lights 2.0 tops from the Michigan State game (with the “Maize” pants, of course). Michigan would win in overtime, thus allowing them to take the main part of the trophy off to celebrate, which is good, because it shows off what might be THE coolest trophy base… EVER.

-The Orange Bowl presented by Discover (held Wednesday, January 4th, 2012); The West Virginia University Mountaineers enter their first ever Orange Bowl wearing their mono-whites with blue helmets. The Clemson University Tigers return to the Orange Bowl for the first time in 31 years, and marked the occasion by wearing a color that isn’t related to the name of the bowl game in any way whatsoever from head-to-toe. Sadly for them, the magic from 31 years ago just wasn’t there. I noticed something with the bowl game champion T-shirts. Look here. No, I’m not referring to the somewhat funny/somewhat lame joke on the front of the shirt. Look at Michigan’s shirts from the night before. Notice something? Two things weren’t on that Michigan shirt: 1) There’s nothing hot or sticky sweet on Denard Robinson’s shirt. 2) There’s no Nike logo on his shirt either, but there’s a swoosh on the WVU shirts, even though it looks like the shirts have the same exact design. You would think Adidas (who outfits Michigan) would put their logo on the Sugar Bowl shirts, but they didn’t. Weird. I checked Oregon’s “Rose To Power” shirts from the Rose Bowl to see is there was a swoosh there. Nope. Weird…er. But WAIT… If you do a Google search, you’ll see that those same Michigan shirts made for retail sell do have the swoosh. SUPER weird…er.

-The BCS National Championship Game presented by Allstate (held Monday, January 9th, 2012); All of the marbles — whether they be purple and gold, or crimson and white — are up for grabs in this game. A matchup that had me at a crossroads, with my Dad being an LSU fan and my Mom being an ‘Bama fan (both longtime fans, not bandwagoners), although I would’ve been happy with the outcome either way. By far, the best-looking matchup of the 2011-2012 postseason. The home-favorite top-ranked Louisiana State University Tigers in their classic golden-yellow helmets and pants with their white jerseys, the purple and gold shoulder stripes in your face. Standing in their way is the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, in their no-nonsense crimson jerseys, white pants, and crimson helmets adorned with the well-known helmet numbers for all to see. Speaking of the ‘Bama helmets, the Tide helmets used on College Gameday that night had ’13’ on it before the game (the number of all-time titles for Alabama before Monday night), but when all was said and done, the number changed to ’14’. Pretty cool. A great way to end a great season.

Before I go, I just want to say that it’s been an honor to provide the college uni rundown this season. When I woke up for the first weekend of college football a little over four months ago, I was so excited, and I remember blowing up the comments on Uni Watch that day with all of the uni-changes. I never would’ve thought that my life would change (for four months, at least) with just one email that Phil sent me that very day asking if I would like to report my findings, and I’m very glad that I said yes. Thank you to all who read the rundown every week. To any of my Facebook friends reading this, thank you for putting up with my constant links every Sunday. Now that the season’s officially over, I guess there’s just one thing left to say… Hope to see you guys next season.


Thanks Terry! Wow, once again super job — let’s all give a standing “O” for Terry’s efforts all season long. I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing everyone next season, buddy.


Vilk 5 & 1 Bowl EditionMoVi’s Bowl 5 & 1…part the second

And now to complete our college bowl roundup, here’s everyone’s favorite critic, Jim Vilk with his final 5 & 1 of the year. This is the part of the post I wait up all night for where we see that pretty much anyone can be a uniform critic.

I have not even peeked at what is to follow, but we ALL know that the final game of the season is the runaway winner. The best uniform in all of College Football versus one of the Top 10…and neither of them was wearing a special costume just for the season ending show. Kudos to both the teams and Nike for showing a little restraint and taste. Let’s see if Jim feels the same way (and lets see if my Ducks, who did the one thing we had to see for Jim to actually put them in the “good” section — dump the Bellotti Bold — actually made it):


For those keeping score, this final 5&1 covers the New Year’s Eve bowls to the BCS title game. And here we go…

Honorable Mentions to The Rose Bowl: Wisconsin/Oregon — Major points off for distracting the announcers, but no more Bellotti Bold!!

And to the “Hey, This Peach tastes like Chicken!” Bowl: Virginia/Auburn — The orange lids surprised me so much, it took me a while to realize this was a color vs. color matchup.

5. I’m still calling it the Birmingham Bowl: SMU/Pittsburgh — Not as good-looking as the ’83 Cotton Bowl, but good enough to make the list.

4. Orange Bowl: West Virginia/Clemson — I like the all-orange, but I can think of 70 reasons why we won’t see it again for a while.

3. Gator Bowl: Ohio State/Florida — That’s some nice striping there, fellas.

2. Sugar Bowl: Michigan/Virginia Tech — Both teams wore a lot of combos this year, and they wore them all well.

1. The BCS Championship: Alabama/LSU — That’s OK, Tigers…at least you and Temple are still the best-dressed teams in the land.

And the bad one: the Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati/Vanderbilt — I feel bad for the Bearcats – three times on the &1 and each time they were the better-looking team.

Wow, has it really been three seasons? Thanks again for another fun ride!


And thank you Jim, for another outstanding season — we may “fight” on the boards (and even off), but I do respect the hell out of Jim for all he does to make the 5 & 1 such a “hit” every week (and even some in between) of the College Season. I have to say, I will never understand (despite him explaining himself over the years) how he picks some of the matchups he does, but the man works harder than most Zips. And that’s a fact. I hope we’ll see you back for year four next season! Cheers buddy.


Uni Watch Ticker (compiled by Webmaster John Ekdahl): Here’s a screenshot from the pregame show for Monday’s National Championship Game. Notice the number “13” on Alabama’s helmet, representing their thirteen National Championships. Now check out the screenshot from the postgame (from Jared). … Hey, who’s up for some bacon? (George Nikas) … The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes unveiled their new home uniforms (Alan Poff). … Kenn Tomasch found some photos of Pat Palinkas in uniform, the female placekick-holder for Orlando’s minor-league football team in 1970. … Pittsburgh’s mayor pays off his bet by ‘Tebowing’ (Dane Drutis). … Those Taiwanese animators used the old NFL logo in their latest video (Matthew). … From Jeff Ash: “A longtime Packers season ticket shared this 1940 renewal letter with the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Those tickets cost $11 per season for the best seats. That’s $178 in today’s dollars. Enjoy!” … A Taxonomy of Baseball Eyebrows (Nick Phillips). … Northwestern men’s basketball team will wear at home January 14th vs. Michigan State, while the women will do so Jan. 16 at home vs. Illinois (Matthew Sampson). … The rugby team ‘Manly Warringah’ had their name spelled ‘Manly Warringan‘ on all their 2012 jerseys and jackets (Murray).


That’s it for today — once again big standing “O” for Terry, Jim, and of course Johnny, for all he does for this board and for compiling the ticker (and who just started a new job this week, so the helping me out with the Ticker was above and beyond!). I’ll be back for one more weekday post tomorrow. Hope everyone who was at the Gathering with Paul in Clevo last evening had a great time (wish I could have been there). Have a great day Uni Watchers.


“De gustibus nihil est disputandum.” — Conn Nugent

127 comments to Just Ducky — Bowl Roundup, Part Deux

  • Connie | January 11, 2012 at 8:00 am |

    Wow. What a massive display of industry and erudition by Terry. I mean, is there any other life-form that does what he does? I also think he’s crazy, but in the good-crazy sense that we all honor here.

    • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 8:46 am |

      LOL, thanks =) I like good crazy ;)

      • The Jeff | January 11, 2012 at 11:21 am |

        [insert picture of Pinky (mouse or pony, whichever) here]

  • Tony C. | January 11, 2012 at 8:01 am |

    The BAMA pre and post game photos are linked to the same picture

    • Maks | January 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

      what he said. what’s the postgame image? (although i could guess it changed to #14…?)

  • apk3000 | January 11, 2012 at 8:04 am |

    What’s the deal with the Giants game mentioned in the Green Bay letter? Is it a potential 5th game or a price hike if they’re on the schedule instead of the Cardinals or something?

    • Dane | January 11, 2012 at 8:30 am |

      The way I read it, the Packers used flex-pricing for the 1940 season. Tickets for premium games against the Bears, Lions and Giants had an added 55 cent surcharge.

      It’s good to know they had payment plans available, in case you didn’t have $4.40 ready by August 1.

    • Jeff | January 11, 2012 at 10:06 am |

      At the time the letter was sent out, the NFL schedule likely wasn’t set.

      • The Jeff | January 11, 2012 at 10:12 am |

        Plus, the Giants would be a rematch of the previous championship game, so they felt they could charge more.

    • Ray Barrington | January 11, 2012 at 10:41 am |

      Remember, in those days the Packers played home games in Green Bay and Milwaukee. There was no set date for the games in Milwaukee, and the only real “rule” was that the Bears game was always played in Green Bay. Quite often, teams would negotiate with the Packers to get to play in Milwaukee, which was a shorter train trip and a larger field (State Fair Park could hold about 25,000-30,000, while City Stadium in Green Bay was just over half the size in those days). By 1950, the situation was such that the Packers publicly said “it’s getting harder to have the better teams come to Green Bay,” and that was even truer after County Stadium opened in Milwaukee, giving it about 10,000 more seats than Green Bay. That forced the Packers to build what is now Lambeau Field.

      • Connie | January 11, 2012 at 11:27 am |


  • Dane | January 11, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    “The customary ‘fault line’ running through the middle of each digit” on the Quakes new uniforms – I kind of like the little touch.

    • Arr Scott | January 11, 2012 at 9:05 am |

      Unfortunately, they seem to be keeping the “customary fault line” on the cap bills. It’s a great idea, but terrible execution. Otherwise, quality changes for the Quakes. You just can’t go wrong making a baseball uni look more like the Dodgers.

  • Mike V. | January 11, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    The clip of the SMU kid snapping his femur in half = one of my worst nightmares.

  • Winter | January 11, 2012 at 8:41 am |

    Left out a word in the bit on the Northwestern uni’s. They will wear….something?

  • AUHookd | January 11, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Love the Superdome-styled Sugar Bowl trophy base, but it made me wonder when they added “Classic” to the name. Fortunately, they don’t make a huge deal out of it like the “Cotton Bowl Classic,” but I still find the term overused. Did a little digging and found this cool gallery of Sugar Bowl program covers:

    To answer my own question, it appears the game became a classic in 1982.

    • AUHookd | January 11, 2012 at 8:44 am |

      Correction, the 1st cover shows it as a “Classic.” Did the term mean something different back in the day?

  • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 8:58 am |

    “…and my Mom being an ‘Bama fan…”

    That awkward moment when I originally had “Alabama” written, but then I switch it to “‘Bama”, but forgot about switching “an” to “a”… my bad =P That’s O.K., though.

  • Mike | January 11, 2012 at 9:06 am |

    I would guess the bowl shirts were logo-less in games that had teams participating that weren’t Nike schools. Both Michigan and Wisconsin are Adidas. The shirts were going to the winners regardless of who won – so those schools didn’t have to suffer the shame of having a rival logo…

    • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 9:31 am |

      That was my first thought too, but then the Google search had me scratching my head.

    • Brian | January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am |

      That’s the case, it also applies when non-Nike teams play for the NCAA Basketball Championships, which Nike also has/had the contract for. The player and staff shirts and hats for the celebration are made by Nike, but only bear the Nike logo if a team is a Nike school.

      The shirts and hats sold to fans have the swoosh, regardless of what company the school has a contract with.

  • AKT | January 11, 2012 at 9:09 am |

    I really wish Pitt would go back to that 80s look. For a while they dropped “Pitt” in favor of Pittsburgh, which meant that design went away. However, they are now back to being “Pitt” so they should bring back that color scheme and look. Always worked for this guy:

    • Chris Holder | January 11, 2012 at 9:43 am |

      I thought the royal blue/mustard look they sported for a while (80s? early 90s?) was simply outstanding. I’m a big fan of schools using unique color combos. Navy and gold is just used by too many teams.

      • Gusto44 | January 11, 2012 at 9:57 am |

        1973-1996 was the era of the Pitt script uniform, Tony Dorsett to Curtis Martin.

    • Connie | January 11, 2012 at 9:56 am |

      You’re right, AKT: Danny M sure looks good there.

    • Silver Creek Doug | January 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

      I distinctly remember the kicker for those Pitt teams wearing the single bar facemask with the four point high hookup chinstrap. Struck me as bizarre and cool at the same time.

      David Trout maybe?

      • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm |

        You might be right about Trout. Although he didn’t wear it in the USFL:
        But yeah, I seem to recall him wearing the single bar.

        And Pitt should most definitely go back to the script-era unis. Or these:

        • LarryB | January 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |

          Gee Jim surprised me with going back to these Pitt unis. I actually do not mind the current Pitt uni or color combo. At least they are dressed up some.

          Below I said how I dislike PSU’s plain and unattractive color combo of dark blue and white. That being said I have never liked Notre Dame’s plain blue and gold. Green and gold ok but the dark blue and gold nope.

          I did kind of like the Pitt script helmets. Was not crazy about the bright yellow helmets and maybe less so the mustard helmets. There was a shade of yellow that was ok though.

        • AKT | January 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm |

          One of my absolute favorite things about this Pitt uniform was the stickers all over Marino’s helmet but mostly the fact that he got so many stickers that he had to put them over the blue stripe. The stickers on the mustard body were blue so the stickers on the blue stripe were mustard. I can remember watching each week to see when the mustard stickers would appear on the blue stripe because those were saved until the rest of the helmet was getting full. Thats the kind of stuff that made college sports fun in a way that the NFL wasn’t then and definitely couldn’t be today in the era of the strict uniform police.

      • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm |

        Nope, it was Eric Schubert…who just so happens to be at the beginning of this video:
        The same Eric Schubert who kicked the USFL’s longest field goal (56 yards) for the Pittsburgh Maulers (against the Stars, whose kicker was…David Trout).
        Oh yeah, he kicked for the Giants, too.

      • AKT | January 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
        • AKT | January 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

          And what’s with the stripes on the ND jerseys-weird!

        • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

          Gerry Faust-era jerseys. Say what you want about him, but he’s a nice guy and he knows how to outfit a team. I always thought that was one of their best looks.

        • AKT | January 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

          Just doesn’t seem like ND to me and I was watching a lot of college football those days, although mainly Pitt. I started following ND as Holtz came into power and those uniforms definitely looked different.

        • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

          Holtz made the shade of blue way too dark. And it’s been that way ever since. Sometimes it looks black.

        • DJ | January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

          Faust returned to the dark blue jerseys with plain white numbers for his final two seasons at Notre Dame. They weren’t any lighter than what Holtz’s teams wore.

        • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm |

          Ah, so *that* was the final straw with him…

  • Arr Scott | January 11, 2012 at 9:12 am |

    Another example of how Canada puts the maple leaf on absolutely everything. Here’s Canada’s logo for this year’s 60th anniversary of having Elizabeth II as Empress of North:

    Clearly a ripoff of last year’s World Series logo:

    • jdreyfuss | January 11, 2012 at 10:15 am |

      What’s the ‘R’ stand for? Regina?

      • Winter | January 11, 2012 at 10:33 am |


      • Arr Scott | January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am |

        Yep. Always wondered why the British monarch made such a big deal about Saskatchewan in their royal seals. Why not, I don’t know, Calgary?

        • Defo Maitland | January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm |

          Love the subtlety of this quip, Arr Scott. All it needs is a Moose Jaw reference follow-up.

  • John In Athens | January 11, 2012 at 9:17 am |

    Note: UGA does not stand for “University of Georgia (In Athens)”, it stands for “University of Georgia” and is a shortened version of “U of GA.”

    They tried U of G for a time, but that didn’t stick:

    UGA campus outside of Athens are still UGA campuses.

    • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 9:29 am |

      I knew that UGA didn’t stand for University of Georgia (In Athens), but I just referred to the school by its full name, as I did (or try to do) with the other colleges.

      • G | January 11, 2012 at 9:34 am |

        It’s not its full name. Its full name is the Univesity of Georgia. Georgia is not like North Carolia, Tennessee, or Nebraska where there are multiple schools named University of State Location (such as University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Univeristy of North Carolina Ashville, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Tennessee Martin, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Univeristy of Nebraska Omaha)

        • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 9:51 am |

          Really? I didn’t know that. My fault =/

  • Chris Holder | January 11, 2012 at 9:34 am |

    Roll Tide, Terry. I know I’m biased, but damn, you’re right… nothing looks as good as Bama/LSU. Great uniforms.

    • Gusto44 | January 11, 2012 at 10:09 am |

      Agreed. Don’t understand why Stanford(in recent years), thought it was a good idea to copy Alabama’s look. The Cardinal had a different look going back to the 60s, with Jim Plunkett. Numbers on sleeves, and single red stripe on pants.

      In the 90s, Stanford had a white stripe on red pants, and a monochrome look which looked fine.

      • Chris Holder | January 11, 2012 at 10:13 am |

        I like Stanford’s look (I know, no surprise). Yes they look a lot like Bama (and Oklahoma), but at least they have the white helmet. Bama has actually used a white helmet, with red numbers, at time throughout its history, but I don’t think they’ve been used since the mid-80s. I would like to see them try it again sometime, especially against another team with red helmets.

        Bama playing Stanford would, despite the helmets, almost look like a spring game.

        • Matt | January 11, 2012 at 11:23 am |

          Yeah, just like Nebraska & Wisconsin in Football and Basketball.

        • The Jeff | January 11, 2012 at 11:34 am |

          Yeah… New Braska vs West Consin (and Navy/Notre Dame) are great examples of alternate helmets being justified.

  • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 10:31 am |

    Slightly on the subject of school names, NOBODY at Wisconsin says “Sconnie” in reference to UW. “Sconnie” only shows up on t-shirts worn by frat boys and tourists. Folks here refer to the teams as “Bucky,” just like Michigan State uses “Sparty.” Sorry, pet peeve of mine.

    • The Jeff | January 11, 2012 at 10:41 am |

      Don’t you think Bucky is a little bit too close to Buckeye?

      I prefer to call them the Badgerbadgerbadgerbadgers

      /mushroom mushroom
      //aahhhh it’s a snake!

      • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 11:03 am |

        Nah, the Buckeyes are the Fightin’ Nuts up here (or just “Ohio,” which also bugs me as an Ohio native). Besides, we were in the Big Ten first.

        //I have many peeves

      • Chance Michaels | January 11, 2012 at 11:20 am |


        England! England!

        Sorry, just got lost there for a second.

        It’s not unheard of for people to call the state “Sconnie”. I first heard it in the late 1990s in Madison. But I was never aware that people used the term to refer to the teams specifically.

        • Arr Scott | January 11, 2012 at 11:41 am |

          I was hearing students at U-W use “Sconnie” to refer to the state as a noun and adjective, and to people from Wisconsin, in the period 1993-1996. My Badger-state friends still use it thusly, but now as then the use seems ironic, in the mode of a Canadian using the word “Canuck” or my British friend who introduces himself as a “Limey.” My recollection from back in the 1990s is that the use among students was along the lines of “townie” at other schools.

        • Tom Farley | January 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

          I took my oldest daughter to see England play the U.S. at Soldier Field in 2005. It was such a cool atmosphere: Handmade banners all over the stadium, and beer-bellied guys in England shirts using “Enger-lund, Enger-lund, Enger-lund!” as a calling card whenever they spotted another white shirt with the Three Lions crest.

          My favorite memory of that day is of two or three middle-aged guys with thick Central European accents. Given the huge Polish community in Chicago (it’s still Warsaw, Chicago, then Krakow, I believe), I presumed they were native Poles. One of the U.S. players made a terrible pass which was intercepted, and one of the Polish guys called out in a voice not unlike Boris Badenov’s: “We’re wearing blue now!” I can still get the daughter, now 15, to at least smirk at my imitation of the guy.

        • JTH | January 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

          it’s still Warsaw, Chicago, then Krakow, I believe

          Nah, never was. There have definitely always been more Poles in Warsaw than in Chicago.

          If we’re talking strictly about the populations of the cities only, Kraków also outnumbers Chicago.

          If we’re talking about metropolitan areas, it’s Warsaw, Chicago, Kraków.

      • Dumb Guy | January 11, 2012 at 11:27 am |

        Honeyhoneyhoneyhoney Badgerbadgerbadgerbadger don’t care!

        • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

          Haha, awesome XD

      • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

        “Don’t you think Bucky is a little bit too close to Buckeye?”

        That’s the main (if not only) reason I used “Sconnie”.

    • Chris Holder | January 11, 2012 at 11:08 am |

      I’ve heard “Sconsin”, but never Sconnie. I had a current events teacher in high school from ‘Sconsin. His accent sounded just as out of place as a southern boy in Madison would. He was a huge Badgers fan.

      Too bad the damn “Honey Badger” doesn’t play for you guys, so he could be the Honey Badger Badger. Maybe then I’d never have to watch another game involving him and hear that stupid nickname 4000 times.

      • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 11:19 am |

        The “Sconnie” thing is pretty new. It started with a clothing store on State Street that started selling the shirts; I’d say less than ten years ago. Purely a marketing thing, since the “Wisconsin” wordmark is trademarked by the school (same reason that they designed a new Bucky Badger a few years back; every plumber and car dealer in town was using the old one).

        If you really want to curdle a native’s cheese, call it WESTconsin :)

        • Chance Michaels | January 11, 2012 at 11:21 am |

          Wasn’t that Michael Feldman’s line? Where is there an “East Consin”?

        • Tom Farley | January 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

          Bob Griese was notorious for that “WESconsin” pronunciation when he was doing Badgers games in the ’90s. As a longtime resident, it drove me nuts.

        • JTH | January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

          Wes(t)consin is just north of Ellinoise, right?

    • Chance Michaels | January 11, 2012 at 11:25 am |

      While we’re on the subject of me being unmoored from my Wisconsin roots and hopelessly out of touch with the U, do students still sing the chorus of this song at Camp Randall?

      • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 11:54 am |

        Never heard that one. It’s been a few years since I had season tickets though (I’m an alum now).

        I remember once seeing a t-shirt with the slogan, “When you say WESTconsin, you’ve said it WRONG.” Kudos if you get that reference.

        • Tom Farley | January 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

          Great shirt slogan!

          My middle-school band played that song, substituting “Mar-shall Muskies” for “Wi-sconsin.” Amuses me, now, to think that a middle school band in Illinois played a beer-commercial jingle.

        • JTH | January 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

          It’s a great song but it’s always felt wrong to me for the Wisconsin band to be playing that jingle of a non-Wisconsin beer.

    • Tom Farley | January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

      The one that amuses me is when I hear sportscasters or people online say or write “Wisco,” since I’ve never heard anyone here say that. As you pointed out, it’s always “How’d Bucky do?” or “Did you watch the Badger game?”

      • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

        A friend of mine from Chicago used to say that. I’ve read “Whiskey” or “Wisky” in some comments pages as well. That one I kinda like.

        /Spotted Cow at the Terrace
        //You’ve said it all!

        • Johnny O | January 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm |

          I hear many non-Wisconsin fans/residents refer to them as “Wisky”, and I can’t stand it. I have many friends who went to Wisconsin, and they NEVER refer to it as Wisky. “Wisco” and “Wisky” are almost never used by Wisconsin fans/alums/students.

          As stated above, most people say, “Did you see how Bucky did?” or even “You see the Sconnie game?”

          Another pet peeve from many of my Wisconsin alum friends is when people refer to it as “University of Wisconsin-Madison”. They prefer it just to be called “Wisconsin”.

        • Webhead | January 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

          Yeah, it’s always out of state folks that say “Wisky. I usually hear “Bucky;” as in “let’s go Bucky!” shouted at a volume that only alcohol can make possible.

          As for the full name – I’m on the academic job market; and in that case you *always* use the full version; since there’s something like 30 schools in the UW system. Outside of that most folks just assume Madison.

      • Johnny O | January 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

        A pet peeve of mine is when announcers refer to the city where the Packers play as
        “GREEN bay”. (hard emphasis on “green”). Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and a plethora of others say it like that. Reason #17 on why I try and listen to Larry McCarren as aften as I can.

        • wayne | January 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm |

          Not sure who is/was a bigger homer. Larry McCarren or Ron Santo. Every time I listen to Wayne and Larry it makes me yearn for the days of Jim Irwin and Max McGee.

  • Shane | January 11, 2012 at 11:52 am |

    New kit (and name) for Garmin-Cervelo..erm, Garmin-Barracuda’s cycling team.

  • Douglas King | January 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

    Both the links for the Bama helmets link to the same picture (which is of the helmet from the pre-game).

  • Tom Farley | January 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

    Chance, it’s good that you’re here. Now I don’t have to page you for this next one. ;-)

    This one’s for everybody, though: Look at this beauty of a color photo of Paul Hornung vs. the Giants:

    I’m certain that this is from the Dec. 3, 1961 game. See the blurry figure in the deep upper background? He’s standing on the grassy ridge between the third-base grandstand and the bleachers at Milwaukee County Stadium at that time. By ’64 that space would be filled in by a large bleacher section angled toward the center of the football field.

  • rpm | January 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm |

    dare i say that was a great 5&1? it included the orange bowl which i didn’t expect but loved, shockingly solid choices all around. but on the downside, and i shuld never have to say this, michigan was a hot mess. enough with the helmet numbers you can’t read, the stripes on the jersey were out of place, and when bo ditched the grey facemask he said…michigan should never wear one of ohio state’s colours. all these silly little tweaks just serve to distract from their signature uni element.

    • Champ | January 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

      The tiny helmet numbers can stay or go. And Terry’s right – they should have worn the jersey they wore against MSU with the maize pants.

      At least you didn’t dislike the number font. Although skinny, it was clearly visible and I liked it.

      • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

        Yeah, what he said.

        As long as they leave the home uni alone, I like the idea of special road unis. A hybrid of the two they wore would be great.

      • rpm | January 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

        no mr. champion, i didn’t hate the number font, but i didn’t love it either. the reason i didn’t single the font out is because they did the same thing to the numbers they have done for a number of years now, and that’s give them a yellow stroke, which i can’t stand, it makes the number look blurry. but this practice is also nothing new for the wolverines.

        ignore the other uni elements, but for a michigan road jersey, i like this, this, heck even this. the key is solid blue numbers.

        • walter | January 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

          Heresy. Always spring for the two-color numerals if you have a reputation for waffling between the two. The one-color numbers seem chintzy.


        • Champ | January 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

          Option #3, but with the Sugar Bowl font minus the outline. That’s a winner.

        • Champ | January 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

          I kinda like the outline. Either way would work, though.

        • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

          The outline rocks.

          One-color number, though, for the home jersey. Two-color for the road jersey.

        • rpm | January 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

          i would say the opposite is true walter. but even if i agreed with you that having the stroke was generally good, i would make an exception if it made the numbers look like crap like they do in this case. that bright gold that michigan uses is so close to white that it just makes the michigan numbers look blurry.

        • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
        • Andy | January 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

          That would be the worst of all. I don’t mind a maize outline on a navy numeral. I think it sets them off quite nicely. I also like the solid blue, though. They need to go with the vintage-looking numerals from the Michigan State game full time home and road.

        • walter | January 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

          I like to see the execution before I make a statement, which sometimes turns out to be a blanket statement. In Michigan’s case, the solid blue numbers seem cheap and underwhelming. Part of it has to do with the white jersey being forced on the team (after all, it’s the “maize and blue”, not “maize, blue & white”) but I admit that’s a little beside the point. Same goes for USC.


        • rpm | January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

          aaaa! no no no. no spaced stroke, no off set stroke, and no stroke at all for the wolverines. and usc? dear corn. what, every team has to outline their numbers because they can? that’s a rule now? bright yellow teams should not use the stroke on a white jersey, that looks cheep, that looks forced. i know usc is more golden so it would work better then michigan’s blinding yellow, but it would still look forced and like shite. usc’s road uniform is perfectly fine, you don’t need to add the gold just to add the gold.

          i wouldn’t like it for michigan, and especially for old sc, but if you want to reverse the colours so the brighter colour is on the inside, and the dark is the stroke, fine it serves a purpose to have the stroke. i may think you daft for liking it, but at least there is a reason for it, to make the number stand out. you put that gold stroke on a white jersey and the opposite happens.

      • LarryB | January 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm |

        I did not like the numbers because I thought they were too skinny.

        And funny how Michigan had so many different uni changes in one year. Many of their fans bashed Ohio State for wearing pro combat unis vs them twice.

    • Geeman | January 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

      Funny how the national champions hardly ever change their traditional uniforms, with recent examples being Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Tennesee, Nebraska.

  • Kyle B | January 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |

    I’m waiting in anticipation for what the Northwestern basketball teams are going to be wearing this week. Because there seems to be a key word missing from that sentence hahaha

  • KB | January 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

    The back of Oregon’s Rose Bowl helmets reminds me of Goatse.

    • Chris Holder | January 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

      Dang… you just had to say it, didn’t you?

      The internet strikes again…

      • Dumb Guy | January 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

        Had to google it.

        LOL and eeeeesh at the same time.

    • rpm | January 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm |

      it is a foolish look, but is that reeeeally what you think of when you see that helmet? if so, i’ve got to party with this guy.

    • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

      God-freaking bless it… I can’t un-see that shit now. LOL XD

  • Arr Scott | January 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

    Here’s a site selling football jerseys for various military branches and units. The Army division jerseys are nicely executed in colors and styles drawn from each division’s emblem or patch.

    • Connie | January 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

      Great find. Lots of good stuff, though I particularly liked 1st Infantry and 1st Armored. Viet vet cycling shirt very cool.

  • LarryB | January 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

    I am one that does not like the Penn State uniforms.I just wil never get the love for something so plain and boring. Way too plain and not a good color combo. Alabama has the stripe on the pants. A crimson helmet and numbers on the helmet. Plain yes but at least good color combo. Dark blue is not a great color and combined with white does nothing.

    In the 1960’s PSU had a lighter blue which at least looked better. They also had a pants stripe.

    Too bad O’Brien says he will leave the PSU uni alone. Some tweaks would have been good. Or even if they wore an alternate or throwback once in a while.

    Anyhow great work Terry, Jim, Phil and all.A nice surprise on a Wednesday for my favorite sport with so many teams to watch unis.

  • Rex | January 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm |

    Not to sound too whiney, but…
    Would it be possible to leave favorites out of the uniform match-ups and reviews? I appreciate this site for covering such a wide range of sports and consider it to be a source for educated opinion on uniform design. However, every time the weekend editors sing the praises of Tulane or any school with UCLA stripes, all I can take from the piece is a giant dismissive wanking motion.
    If something looks good or bad, that’s great, but leave the personal favorites to the rabid team pages.


    • walter | January 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

      But what about our fun?!?


    • LarryB | January 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm |

      Seemed like JimV did have a liking for Tulane.

    • JTH | January 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

      Little known fact:
      The domain names “” and “” were unavailable as Paul was getting this site going, so he considered going with “” instead. Thankfully he settled for “”.

      • Simply Moono | January 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm |


        • Phil Hecken | January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm |

          quite possibly

    • Jim Vilk | January 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm |

      So, lemme get this straight…you want me to rank the best-looking matchups, but you don’t want me to include the teams that I think look the best.

      Wait, what?

      Nowhere have I said that I’m a Tulane fan. I just like the way they look. I went to Akron, who I think is in the bottom five uni-wise. I don’t root for LSU. But if I did, what does that matter? I can be objective, and I have been for every list I’ve ever done.

  • LarryB | January 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    I see another guy did some PSU tweaks

  • Matthew Robins | January 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

    NNOB of Bulls G Mike James tonight. He was signed this morning, so…

  • StLMarty | January 12, 2012 at 12:24 am |

    Kira’s got the ten and a half.

    • Wheels | January 12, 2012 at 12:47 am |

      The LA Clippers redesign got ripped around here when they came out, but I think they’re pretty sharp unis. They look modern and classic at the same time. Yeah they could be better, the neck line sucks, but overall they’re still pretty solid.

    • Wheels | January 12, 2012 at 12:49 am |

      Darn, I didn’t mean to put that there. It has nothing to do with, Black Flag?

  • Bryce D. | January 12, 2012 at 12:35 am |

    Lipscomb University redid their floor during December. They also unveiled their new logo as well as changing their name from Bisons to Bison.

    Logo –

    Court –

  • TM | January 12, 2012 at 1:37 am |

    WOW did I just see [strikethrough]UW Madison Badgers[/strikethrough] I mean Nebraska Cornhuskers in this article? I mean come on. First of all, Nebraska is the program with the by far greater history and more recognizable uniform. SECOND, Wisconsin wears white-over-white for their away uniforms, while Nebraska wears white over red.

    I mean come on, as a joke it was terrible because it didn’t make sense.

    • Kyle B | January 12, 2012 at 8:26 am |

      You mad bro?

      • TM | January 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm |

        Nope just making a point, troll

    • concealed78 | January 12, 2012 at 4:55 am |

      Much better than the 1983-93 roads I was expecting.