Lots of college football news to report today, including the new Georgia Tech uniform shown above. Before I get to that, you might wanna start by checking out Phil’s posts from Saturday and Sunday, since a lot of college football activity was covered there.
Once you’re caught up with that, here are some uni-notable details from this past weekend’s action:
• Tennessee and NC State went color-vs.-color.
• Baylor wore solid black — in 100-degree heat!
• Speaking of Baylor, check out this helmet stripe. Looks like the striping was cut at the bottom of the “ledge.” I’ve seen a fair amount of this scattered around the college ranks and the NFL.
• Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase still has the pennant-shaped NCAA logo on his jersey, instead of the Big 10 logo.
• Purdue quarterback Rob Henry wears just one glove — on his throwing hand.
• Once Penn State decided to add NOBs, they were faced with an immediate problem: how to fit Stephen Obeng-Agyapong’s name on his jersey.
• FNOB alert! That’s Jamil Merrell (duh) of Rutgers, which also has Jamal Merrell on the roster.
• USC defensive back Demetrius Wright was wearing a dark visor in the first half of the Trojans’ game against Hawaii. He later switched to a clear visor.
Meanwhile, additional FBS uniform changes continue to come in. Here’s the latest (uni changes for non-FBS schools are scattered throughout the Ticker):
• As you can see at the top of the page, Russell Athletic went a little overboard with the honeycomb for the new Georgia Tech uniforms. As several observers have already noted, the players look like they’re covered in bubble wrap. Looks even better (read: worse) from behind. Lots of game photos here, and you can see the gold and blue jersey options here. (Another weird thing about these uniforms: The sleeve has a navy stripe at the cuff, but many of the players were wearing a honeycomb-patterned undershirt whose sleeve matched the pattern of the jersey sleeve. This had the effect of making the navy stripes look like memorial armbands.)
• FAU has changed from a uniform to a costume. Those wings on the shoulder are a standard Adidas stock graphic, by the way, as you can see in on the new uniforms being worn by the new Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Eastern Washington. You can almost hear the Adidas account rep: “You’re the [Owls, Eagles, Falcons], so how about if we give you some wings on the jersey?” Lame. (To see the part of the Adidas catalog where the wings and other stock sleeve graphics are listed, go to the fourth page of this PDF.)
• New Mexico has a new helmet and new pants.
• Purdue is adding a Neil Armstrong memorial helmet decal. No official word yet on what it will look like, although this design has been circulating. Not sure if that’s official or just a concept, though.
• I had mentioned that Rice had switched from Nike to Adidas but didn’t mention that some players are wearing undershirts with a wing pattern. I like this better than the standard-issue wing pattern on all the aforementioned Adidas jerseys.
• Stanford has dropped the stripes from its pants.
• Another standard stock graphic from Adidas is the “claw stripe,” which Texas State is now using instead of TV numbers.
• You know, at first I was happy about stripes and TV numbers moving down onto the undershirt sleeves. But look what Notre Dame’s going to wear next week ugh. Should’ve known this concept would go from good to stupid in no time flat.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Marc Burgess, Cory Carrillo, Terry Duroncelet, Chris Flinn, Warren Junium, Joseph Lee, Matt Mitchell, Jon Ratshin, Travis Walker, Steven Wojtowicz, Eric Yesner, and Ben Zoss.)
They’re still playing that other sport: Although football got all the attention over the past few days, there were some interesting uni-related moments on the baseball diamond as well. Por ejemplo:
• Uni-numerical glitch yesterday in Pittsburgh, where Pirates second baseman Brock Holt had his uni number on the wrong side of his jersey. The team later helpfully tweeted that the snafu was due to “a mistake made by a human being” (no doubt a huge blow to everyone who had chalked it up to the sinister robot conspiracy).
• Bizarre scene yesterday in St. Looey, as Jon Jay reached on an HBP, trotted down to first, and hiked up one of his pant legs so he could remove his shinguard — which he’d been wearing under his pants. Unusual! But the kicker came when he removed the shinguard, thereby revealing that he was wearing argyle socks! Never seen that before. Are these his lucky socks? I’m trying to find out more. (Screen shots by Scott Bumb.)
• Our latest hosiery hero is Twins closer Glen Perkins, who’s started wearing “TC” stirrups. “The sideline reporter for the Twins’ TV broadcast said Perkins would be wearing the ‘TC’ stirrups when the team wears the ‘TC’ hats,” says reader Matt Heitkamp. “When they wear their ‘M’ hats, he’ll go pajama-pantsed, because he doesn’t have ‘M’ stirrups.”
By Brinke Guthrie
Time for NFL football! The season kicks off tomorrow night (Wednesday Night Football?) with the Cowboys and the Giants. so we’re all NFL this week, beginning with this ceramic Cowboys helmet bank and this killer Damac Giants poster — a good pair of items to represent the season-opening game.
Here are the rest of this week’s finds:
• I’ve seen plenty of these 1970s gumball helmet kit sets before, but I don’t think I knew they were sold as a desk-set thing. Don’t think I’ve seen a helmet kit with the old-style goalposts before, either. I remember that Chargers bolt, always thought it was waaaaay off the mark!
• This pricey pennant is for the 1968 “NFL World Championship Game,” which we now refer to as Super Bowl II.
• These NFL playing cards came along for free with “Personna” razor blades.
• Ladies, here’s a 1970s Kansas City Chiefs purse for you.
• Never seen these 1960s Cleveland Browns beverage tumblers before.
• Had these! I think. I know I had the Cowboys version (which I’ve been looking for), but these Bengals Hallmark stickers look to be still sealed in the package.
That’s it for this week. But if you want to get in that NFL state of mind, and have a good laugh besides, check out this really weird Monday Night Football promo spot from 1970.
Too good for the Ticker: Jon Solomonson was having breakfast at a restaurant in Kissimmee, Florida, and this sensational jersey (click to enlarge):
How awesome is that?! The team was called the Golden Brahmans, and you can learn more about them here.
We all know the basic limitations of designing a football jersey — you have to put the numbers on the front, in fairly large numerals. But as this Golden Brahmans jersey shows, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an interesting design that references your team name. Makes me wonder if a similar approach could be used for, say, NFL teams. If anyone wants to try some concepts based on this format, I’d be interested in seeing them.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you enjoyed yesterday’s photos from my Sunday cookout party, you can see some additional photos here. … On Friday I Ticker-linked to these amazing 1974 East Leyden High School basketball uniforms. “I had the pleasure of wearing that exact template, also in the 1973-74 season, for Grice Junior High School in Hamilton, New Jersey,” writes Ken Stephon. “I was on the bench as the secret weapon eighth man!. Sorry, no color shots available, but we were in orange and black.” … Bradley Wasserman got a close look at Gio Gonzalez’s glove and saw that “Hialeah” is stitched onto the thumb — a reference to Gonzalez’s hometown of Hialeah, Florida. … Due to some new uni regulations, one of the most iconic striped jersey designs in high school football is being scrapped (from J.P. McCarty). … Someone has come up with a very amusing anti-corporate project on Facebook (thanks, Brinke). … Garrett Holt notes that Mark Reynolds’s cap was squatchee-free on Friday night. Anyone know if that’s a standard thing for him? ”¦ Birthday boy Marty Hick hit the big four-oh last week, and his wife, Holly, got him several excellent presents, including some striped tube socks and a 1999 NHL coloring book. Also, Marty and Holly are expecting their first child, and a friend gave them some Chucks-themed booties — excellent! ”¦ Because They Can Dept.: West Salem High School in Oregon now has black turf field. “Gross,” says Desmond Jones. ”¦ Jerry Wolper found this photo of Branch Rickey holding what appears to be a prototype of the Pirates’ early batting helmets. ”¦ Latest school to play G.I. Joe: Becker College (from Jon Suarez). … Speaking of the G.I. Joe trend, Ohio Northern (on whose campus I stayed while reporting the story about Wilson’s football factory in Ada, Ohio, two winters ago) is taking the militarism theme to the next level. “They’re having a fighter jet fly over and everything,” says Bryce Sedio. Peachy. Has anyone told these people that we already have a national holiday for veterans? It’s called Veterans Day, and it’s in November. … Sunday’s New York Times had a good article about families where the husband has lost his job and the wife is now the main breadwinner. The thing that makes it uni-relevant is that most of the husbands profiled in the article used to work for Russell Athletic, which has severely cut back on its domestic labor force and outsourced much of its work overseas. You can read the whole thing here. … John Moist reports that he’s being bombarded with SF Giants clearance ads like never before. “Makes me wonder if they have uni changes in store for next year,” he says. … Saturday was the Euro-American Challenge — a football game (that’s American football, not soccer) played in Poland. You can get a good sense of the uniforms here. “Who doesn’t love a white helmet combined with old Philly Eagles-style decal and the American flag?” asks Kacper Kowalski (who describes himself as “a big fan of Uni Watch and probably the only one from Poland”). … Hope College — a D3 school — is using the NFL’s captaincy patch design. “This guy even has two colored-in stars,” notes Jonathan Cain. “I kind of doubt they will ever need to color in four.” … “After reading a story in Runner’s World about how long it takes for a shoe to break down environmentally, I started feeling guilty about buying a new pair,” says Harvey Lee. “That makes me wonder about Oregon, with all their helmets. What do they do with their lightly used helmets? Do they recycle them, or is there a giant landfill in Eugene?” Good question. Anyone..? ”¦ UConn and Fairfield played a white-vs.-white volleyball game the other day. “It was very confusing,” says Gregory Koch. ”¦ Jonathan Leib reports that Old Dominion wore a white helmet, instead of their usual silver, for Saturday’s home opener against Duquesne. … Fordham has a new helmet. Instead of using the “F” logo on both sides, they now have the “F” on one side and TV numbers on the other (from Chester Baker). … Old Navy had to recall a bunch of shirts that incorrectly attributed a title to the Houston Texans. ”¦ Here’s a rare sight: a quarterback wearing No. 0. That’s J.T. O’Sullivan of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. “I assume the 0 is for O’Sullivan,” says Ted Field. … Speaking fo the CFL, the Canadian postal service has unveiled a line of CFL stamps. … New football uniforms for Slippery Rock (from Zack Tanner). … Here’s another sports-themed corn maze, this one honoring Lou Gehrig (from Michael Romero). … Northern Iowa will wear this white helmet for a white-out game against Illinois State next month (from Calvin Alger). … Love this vintage baseball uniform from a zinc plant team. … The Wounded Warrior Project arranged to have an Army veteran who lost his leg in Afghanistan work as a U.S. Open ballboy. In an apparent oversight, none of the players wore camouflage (thanks, Brinke). … Fun cross-sport DIY project from Thomas Qualls, who writes: “I found a couple of baseball jerseys at Goodwill a while back ($3 each!), and one of them was a nice dark navy with gold piping — perfect for a St. Louis Blues treatment. I had to remove all the previous lettering and numbering, but once those were gone I had a nice blank canvas. Here’s how it turned out.” … Mike Colvin attended Sunday’s Yanks/O’s game, where he was sitting behind a guy wearing an Orioles uni-timeline T-shirt. … Whoa, check out the super-stripey football uniforms and gradient helmet design being worn by Bethune-Cookman, an FCS team (from Riley Adair). ”¦ John English has painted a portion of his back yard fence to look like the Oakland Coliseum left field corner. ”¦ While watching the Hokies/Yellowjackets game last night, I was surprised to hear a great song by one of my favorite bands — the Eddy Current Suppression Ring — serving as the soundtrack to an AT&T commercial. The ad apparently debuted about two weeks ago. You can listen to the song in its entirety here. It’s from the excellent Primary Colours album. ”¦ Apparently there’s a barber in Bedford, Indiana, who’s a big Steelers fan (from Troy Guthrie). ”¦ A Los Angeles sports logo mash-up shirt appeared last night on Conan O’Brien (from Rex Henry). ”¦ Pink practice jerseys for the New Zealand All Blacks. “No reason given,” says Leo Strawn. … Nick Postorino notes that Starting Lineup’s MLB figurines in the late 1980s (and maybe during other periods, I don’t know) never had pinstripes — not even for the Yankees! Weird. ”¦ Sam Houston, we have a problem. That’s the new uni for Sam Houston State. “What the hell is that jockstrap-looking thing on the pants?” asks Victor Quintana. Hey, if the Swooshkateers could combine the jockstrap pants with those sports bra jerseys from a few years back, they’d have a real winner!