By Phil Hecken
It’s Sunday here at Uni Watch, and the NFL kicks off today! Really not much more to be said about that, so lets just see what happened in the world of College Football yesterday, shall we?
Here’s Terry Duroncelet to take us through the…
Sunday Morning Uni Watch
by Terry Duroncelet
This looks to be a fun weekend, what with the 2012 NFL season set to start today, and coming off of a Saturday with some pretty good college action, which we’ll get into in a few moments, but first, some points that I should address from last week:
-Last Saturday, I said that Michigan State was wearing their alternate greens (no white shoulders) in their home opener against Boise State. Turns out that those are actually their primary green tops. I could’ve sworn that the white-shouldered green tops were the primary home jerseys. Would make sense, since it’s an inverse of their road jerseys, but I have that mental note logged in for the future now.
-Two Nike-branded teams (Rutgers and Missouri) had games last week, but I had no idea that they played until I read last Sunday’s comments. Speaking of Mizzou, their opponents (Southeastern Louisiana) wears the Adidas TechFit uniform. You sure that this is made out of that TechFit fabric and not Laffy Taffy? Rutgers looked… okay, I guess? Mizzou didn’t look that bad, actually, but that’s just my opinion.
Alright, with last week business out of the way, let’s get into this week’s games:
-One more thing from last week that I missed was that Pitt is going sans-player name this year. They wore blue tops last week, and the move was confirmed for their white tops on Thursday night. However, there is something new behind the Pitt Panthers’ bodies this year: there were helmet decals on the back of the Pitt helmets (could take or find a decent photo. Sorry). Maybe they’re helmets from older eras of Pitt football? Anybody know?
-Utah State beat Utah in Friday night’s game for the first time in 15 years *Flutteryay*, but the thing that I noticed were the compression sleeves/shirts that a lot of the Aggies were wearing. They look to have a TV number only on the right sleeve (photos 4, 10-13, 15, 17, and 23). I don’t hate it, but why the one sleeve?
Moving on to Saturday:
-Penn State should stick with nameless shirts if they continue to have problems like this. (Thanks to Paul “Too Tall Paul” Deaver for that). Virginia did their best Syracuse impression, going orange/navy/orange against Penn State. I like, actually, but I thought that they switched to white socks and black shoes. That’s what I heard and saw when they received their current uniforms a few years back, but they were all wearing white/orange and orange/silver cleats. Speaking of the Orange:
-Syracuse was rumored to have new uniforms (that didn’t look too different from what they currently wear) for their game against USC, played at New Meadowlands Stadium (let’s save the naming rights/wrongs argument for another day, please). I literally don’t see anything new except for the Ernie Davis patch (here’s a close-up of it, which is on the other side of the jersey in that pic), the navy socks (they usually wear white socks), and those sweet comp-sleeves (which some of the the players wore). Was there anything else about the uniform that looked completely different that I might have missed?
-There were two SEC conference games that featured a blue and orange school going against a maroon and white school: Auburn/Miss. State and Florida/Texas A&M. aTm debuts their new uniforms (also note the #2 on the sleeve), after what would have been their first on-field showing in Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30th was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac.
-Michigan apparently was serious about keeping the helmet numbers off of their helmets this year. As for the visiting Air Force Falcons, they wore their mono-grey uniforms (THE is pleased with this game). Am I to assume that these are their full-time roads? If so, then good on ya, Air Force. Now, if they can just get rid of the Athletic Block and go for a real block font, we’ll be set (I promise, that’s the last time I ride that font’s butt for the year).
-Central Michigan wore all-black against Michigan State. If you’re gonna go BFBS, the uniform should at least look clean. Nothing against CMU, but a miserable design just became even worse.
–Rutgers wore this against
the Bills Howard. Well, at least it’s scarlet. One of the broadcasters said that the numbers were a nightmare for the guys up in the booth. Kinda hard to disagree (that’s also a great shot of those “battle-scarred” shoulders). Also, the QB had a RIP dedication on his belt. It says “KW RIP 12”, and it also looks to say “Mom/Dad” as well. Here’s a slightly-better shot from last week’s game against Tulane). Credit Griffin Whitmer for that.
-Missouri wore this in their SEC opener against Georgia. When I saw the new uniforms a few months ago, I wasn’t too impressed. But now that I’ve seen them on the field, they’re growing on me. That helmet is pretty badass. And the numbers are very much readable.
Hopefully, those of you on the East Coast are doing fine, and I’ll see you next week =)
Thanks for that TJ! Great job, again, and as usual! [If some of those links are screwy, I apologize — the computer I was working on to code the links was built before the Commodore 64, as I was at the summer house, and the wifi wasn’t working for my laptop. Sorry–PH]
“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.
Some go so far as to say it’s the first day of the rest of the year…
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MLB Uni Tracking – The 2012 As and Nats
Today’s featured Uni Tracker is Glenn Simpkins and he’s been tracking San Francisco Giants this season.
Here’s his up-to-date report:
I’m tracking the Giants again this season, and the format of my tabulations should be easier to decipher than last year, for those that cared to take a look (not to mention easier for me to maintain).
On the first tab is game-by-game tracking with colors approximating the jersey color worn (Pale yellow = Cream Jersey, White = Throwback, Powder Blue = All Star game), columns for who started and got credit for the win/loss, and a column where I’ve got some short-hand describing the uniform. Additional notes are on the top of that page.
On the second tab, I maintain running splits by uniform for the starters and the bullpen.
The Giants Have a predictable protocol; Home = Monday-Thursday+Saturday, Orange Bill Sunday (OBS) and Orange Friday, Road = Monday-Saturday and Sunday is that ca. 1990 jersey + Orange bills of the 70’s thing go on.
I’ll leave my fellow readers sus out the stats that they’d find interesting from my tabulations on that 2nd tab. The stat I’m disappointed in is that the alternate that I like, Orange Friday, is not a winner.
I’d like the Sunday road alternate if they’d ditch the orange bills that they’re pairing with it.
Thanks Glenn — if anyone is tracking any of the MLB teams this season, send me you up-to-date tracking and I’ll feature it here.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
We had so many Stirrup Friday participants this week, it’s going to take two days just to show them all!
So, in the order in which they were received, here we go (click on each thumbnail for a glorious, full size image):
“When Rajai Davis wore stirrups for the A’s (my fav team) before he was traded, I thought he looked very sharp. The same with Josh Outman. I decided that this season when I attend A’s games (and since I live in LA, most A’s games are road games in Anaheim), I’d wear these stirrups.
I think it’s a solid look when I wear shorts and a jersey. I like the feel and it helps me stand out.”
“I’m at school preparing for another week of teaching and still buzzing over last night’s O’s win.
Being a displaced Baltimorean, I’ve got to show the pride for my first-place Birds!”
“I choose to wear the 1915 NY Baseball Giants as my first Stirrup Friday entry.
Long time reader first time Stirrup-per. Thanks Uni and RPM.”
“This week I wore the 1947 Phillies, because of the great design and color scheme.”
“Going with the ’54 Orioles. I know, the Giants probably have more seasons in this style, but I’m still pulling for the resurgent O’s. Also, my dad was stationed on the West Coast with the Army back in ’54 when the modern major league Orioles returned to Charm City. He managed to get leave and get home back across country in order to see the opening day game. We still have the newspapers (VP Richard Nixon threw out the first pitch from the stands!) but never could find the ticket and program that he swore he saved.”
“I ordered some finally after wanting and searching for them for 3 years!
Robert dropped them in the mail to me this week and I got them tonight and put then right on!!
They are my new favorite thing!
Not the best pic but its the thought that counts!
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ’em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!).
If you’re not a member of Stirrup Nation and want to join, just visit Comrade Marshall’s house of hose (and you can see the available selections here) or if you have any questions about the availability of stirrups, drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Duck Tracker…
The second game of the 2012 Ducks season featured more “lightning” yellow, this time in the form of the jersey. They went with a carbon helmet and pants, for one of my favorite looks of gray/yellow/gray.
Our 2012 Duck Tracker is Tim E. O’Brien, so sure to check out the rest of the Duck Tracker to see what other combinations are possible this season.
Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1
The five and one has been a staple of Uni Watch for three years, usually ably administered by Jim Vilk. But he got old and tired, so we needed someone young and fresh. And we’ve found that someone in this year’s new 5 & 1 decider…Catherine Ryan.
She shared the 5 & 1 duties with Jim last week, but this week she’s flying solo — lets see how she did:
Honorable Mention for the “+1” Weber State’s Clip-Art helmet: Yikes!
Thanks Catherine! Well readers, how’d she do?
And that’s all for today. Thanks to Terry, Ricko, Catherine, Tim and everyone else who contributed to today’s fine post.
And now…let’s get ready for some football…in the league…where they play…
Have a great OPENING SUNDAY everyone!
[Bonus D-Baggery Alert — take a look at the splash photo again — now, notice anything odd about the belt loop? No?
Look again. D-bags.]
“I crossed my fingers and was hoping for Emus. Instead we got”¦(sigh) Eagles. Emus would have been unique and fun. And now that the Huron tribe says they were OK with that name all along, it would look silly for Eastern to go back to that name. Sort of like an Indian giver or something.”
–Patrick in MI