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Monday Morning Uni Watch


I spent most of yesterday in New Jersey, much of it in a bar just a few miles from where the Giants were playing the Bucs. I was amused by this woman’s T-shirt (probably common in NJ, but I’d never seen it before), so I asked if I could take her picture. She happily obliged.

Other notes from around the NFL yesterday:

• The Chargers had lots of tributes to Junior Seau yesterday. First, they added a memorial helmet decal. They also included the decal on their midfield logo. And they retired Seau’s number. (Meanwhile, the Chargers wore solid white.)

• In an unusual move, the Ravens moved their Art Modell memorial from their helmet to their jersey. I’m not sure I can recall a memorial being upgraded like that before.

• Someone on the Ravens sideline was wearing a Reebok shirt.

• Cam Newton suffered a serious tear in his jersey.

• The Seahawks are really taking the neon snot thing a bit too far.

• Carlos Rogers of the 49ers had his pant legs rotated so that his stripes faced backwards.

• The 49ers’ grounds crew neglected to include the black outline on the edge of the center stem of the “E” in one of the end zones.

• The saga of Jim Harbaugh’s black pullover continues: Instead of a Stanford shirt with a cover-up patch, he now appears to have gotten a legit 49ers shirt.

Turning to Saturday’s college action, you should start with yesterday’s post from Phil and his crew. Once you’re done with that, here are some additional tidbits:

• An Alabama helmet that ABC used as a studio prop including a trademark symbol next to the TV number. Odd.

• Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington normally wears No. 13, but he wore No. 40 on Saturday to honor injured linebacker Julian Burnett. When’s the last time we saw a QB wearing such a high number?

• Kansas defensive end John Williams played several series without a helmet logo.

• Michael Birdsong of James Madison really needs to trim those chinstrap tails.

• For the first two games of the season, Wisconsin’s nose bumper read, “Leaders.” But on Saturday, they changed it to the Big 10 logo.

• West Virginia and Marshall both added a memorial decal for two West Virginia state troopers who were recently killed in the line of duty.

• Clemson President James Barker, who’s 65 years old, wore the Tiger mascot suit on Saturday (and did 27 pushups after a touchdown!).

• Yale’s helmet logo is no longer outlined.

• Portland State’s jumble of helmet decals now includes an I-5 shield. Wasn’t there last year. Anyone know what that’s for?

(My thanks to all contributors, including Rhett Dubiel, Brinke Guthrie, Omar Jalife, Dustin Kalis, Scott Kelly, Kyle Mackie, Dave Mann, Coleman Mullins, Austin Pendergist, Joshua Robertson, Dave Sizer, Douglas Waddington, Duncan Wilson, and William Yurasko.)

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Too good for the Ticker: A high school in Florida has come up with the craziest football uniform ever (at least this week). Take a look:


Yowza! Well, that should up the ante in the Nikegon sweepstakes, eh? But hey, where’s the two-tone helmet? Further info here.

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Show & Tell update: The latest installment of my monthly Show & Tell storytelling series took place last Wednesday. The participants, their objects, and their stories are featured in the latest post on the Show & Tell web site.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The NCAA has issued a memo reminding schools that advertising is not allowed on end zone pylons. “I think we should have the NCAA talk to the NBA about keeping ads off of places where they don’t belong,” says Ryan Burns. … Kyle Allebach wrote a piece for his local Patch site about the looming threat of NBA uniform ads. Well done. … In a related item, the sports advocacy group known as League of Fans has sent a sharply worded letter to David Stern regarding the uni advertising plan. #NoUniAds. ”¦ Canadian college football has its own version of Oregon: the Guelph Gryphons. “In contrast to Guelph is the Queen’s Gaels,” says Blair Hough. “Despite being one of the oldest and best-funded universities and football programs in the country, dating back over 100 years, Queen’s University only wears one uniform, gold, for both home and road.” … South Carolina offers license plates honoring lots of colleges — many of which are not located in South Carolina. Seems odd, no? Do other states do this? (From Eric Schultz.) … I’ve written several times about the wonderful sports artwork by Mark Penxa. Eric Westover recently commissioned him to make this great Mickey Mantle piece — nice. … The Orioles logo that I’ve been referring to as “the angry bird” is actually called the cuckoo bird (from Scott Stoddard). … Big rebranding in the works for Oregon State (from Mark Snider). … Cool photo gallery of old BYU football photos here (from Josh Sorensen). … St. Francis High, near Buffalo, sure takes a lot of 49ers-style liberties (from Adam Same). … Providence College’s live mascot, named Dom, is sponsored by Coke. Lame (from Erik Sundermann). … Here’s something I didn’t remember: After Eric Davis was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997, his teammates on the Orioles wore his uni number on their batting helmets (screen shots by Tim Donovan). … Jerry Kulig was getting a tour of the new USF basketball facility and spotted this uni mock-up sheet posted on a wall. “There were three others posted, but this one has ‘Approved for Production’ below the guy in all green, while the yellow warm-up has ‘Final Wearing Season 2012’ below it,” says Jerry. … The anti-American riots in Sydney over the weekend revealed that Australian police wear very interesting baseball caps. ”¦ Florida Tech, which will begin its football program in 2013, has unveiled its inaugural uniforms. ”¦ UNLV tight end Aaron Reed wears an award where his NOB would normally go. Explanation here (from Dave Sizer). ”¦ New basketball uniforms for Wake Forest (from Greg Seltzer). … Blake Pass was at Friday night’s Braves game and noticed a security guard wearing football cleats. … FNOBs are rare in baseball, but one of the few examples is Ron Jackson from the early 1980s. Here’s a (supposedly) game-used jersey of his up for auction (from Eric Stangel). ”¦ John English found some old newspaper shots of Joe DiMaggio as an A’s coach. ”¦ Lakeridge High in Oregon has resurrected the uniforms of the old USFL Boston/New Orleans/Portland Breakers (from Paul Quirk). ”¦ Someone needs to tell Shin-Soo Choo that his undersleeves should match his socks (from Alec Jokubaitis). ”¦ Interesting game in Arizona on Saturday night, as the Diamondback wore purple throwbacks and the Giants wore their Sunday road alts. Additional photos here. ”¦ The following day (i.e., yesterday), the D-backs did the “Los” thing. ”¦ And speaking of the Giants, it’s good to see Sergio Romo wearing the striped socks. ”¦ Good story about the small Nebraska company that created the digital communication system for NFL helmets. “Some interesting things in there, such as the fact that the rules prohibit communicating with under 15 seconds on the play clock,” says Brian Hansen. ”¦ Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had some NOB issues the other day (from Eric Davis).

185 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • RJ | September 17, 2012 at 7:17 am |

    Watch youth football, You’ll see plenty of QB’s with very high numbers. RB’s with numbers in the 60’s et al.

    • NickV | September 17, 2012 at 8:26 am |

      About 20 years ago Baylor played an early season game at Nebraska, nationally televised (I believe ESPN), and because of injuries their 3rd string QB started the game and played the whole way, wearing #25. I believe at some pint the broadcasters pointed out the odd uni numeral and explaned that he was originally a walk-on, and kept the #25 even as he rose up the depth chart.

      There’s always Doug Flutie with #22, and Bernie Kosar with #20. But you’re right, #20 and #21 (during the John Hadl-to-the-Rams boomlet) were as high as it usually got. …

      Did see a Joe Kapp mid 1960s CFL AllStar jersey recently (I believe at Grey Flannel Auctions) with #62! – and with photos and letter of authenticity to go with it. Sorry, can’t do the screen grabs ….

    • dwight | September 17, 2012 at 10:37 am |

      I know Chase Daniel wore #25 at MIZZOU in memory of Aaron O’Neal against Ok. St. in 2008:

    • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am |

      Walter Payton had to play one game at QB.

      • Rob H | September 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

        I knew about Freddie Solomon in final game of 1978 SF season against DET and the Brian Mitchell body bag game, but never heard about Payton playing QB.

        • NickV | September 18, 2012 at 1:32 am |

          Walter Payton played QB for the Ditka Bears for a couple of games, in the late 1980s – He perhaps was not the starter, but he played many, many entire series as QB – sort of an extended Wildcat. He actually threw TWO TD passes against the Saints in the same game to beat a pretty good Saints team in the Superdome, during the best of the Jim Mora Saints’ years ….

    • marc | September 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

      Otto Graham wore #60 before he wore #14. Perhaps he changed when going from AAFL to NFL?

      • marc | September 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm |

        whoop… sorry… meant AAFC

        • David Murphy | September 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

          In the early 1970’s Geogia Tech’s full time QB Danny Myers wore number 21. In the late 70’s running back Bucky Shamburger played a few games at QB.

  • Kyle Allebach | September 17, 2012 at 7:17 am |

    I kinda woke up with an odd feeling today that the NBA probably already voted on uniform ads, and they just haven’t told anybody yet…

    But still, we gotta keep the pressure on. This is probably the one thing all of Uni Watch can agree on. #NoUniAds

    • Arr Scott | September 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

      In any kind of competent management environment – so caveat: may not apply to the NBA! – you would never make any kind of public announcement like the NBA has unless you already had a reliable commitment on the outcome of any formal vote. Things can change, of course, until the vote actually happens, but no reasonably competent executive would go public on something like this without having pretty firm informal commitments from the relevant stakeholders.

  • Chris | September 17, 2012 at 7:19 am |

    Great googly moogly

    • mike 2 | September 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

      “In contrast to Guelph is the Queen’s Gaels,” says Blair Hough. “Despite being one of the oldest and best-funded universities and football programs in the country, dating back over 100 years, Queen’s University only wears one uniform, gold, for both home and road.””

      A couple of points on this:

      1. Its true today, but for a while in the 1990s-2000s they went to blue at home and white on the road.

      2. The uniform set they had prior to the change was outstanding – all gold, pretty simple, USC stripes on the shoulders. They used to have just the uniform number on the helmet, they added the logos sometime in the 1990s.

      3. The current set, while they’re in the traditional all-gold, are atrocious. Random stripes everywhere and an idiotic wordmark

      Finally, some footage of the 1923 Grey Cup between the Queen’s Golden Gaels and the Regina Rugby Club (the last year before they changed their name to the Roughriders).

      • mike 2 | September 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |

        I have no idea why that comment went there.

  • FatMagz | September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am |

    It is common for a state to offer schools not located within the state. Here in Tennessee you can get a plate for a college as long as there are enough preorders. I don’t recall the exact number but it is pretty substantial.

    • Arr Scott | September 17, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • AnthonyTX | September 17, 2012 at 8:03 am |

      In Texas you can’t get out-of-state school plates, but you can get alumni association plates for schools in other states.

    • dwight | September 17, 2012 at 8:10 am |

      I know that TX and GA offer “out of state school” plates

    • boxcarvibe | September 17, 2012 at 8:13 am |

      The state of Georgia offers many out-of-state logos on plates, including the University of Florida!

    • Jordan | September 17, 2012 at 8:43 am |

      In Illinois, the only out of state collegiate plates you can get are Notre Dame.

    • Silver Creek Doug | September 17, 2012 at 8:56 am |

      Georgia offers it as well as of about 3 years ago.

      Minimum pre-order is 10,000 I think.

    • Ryan B | September 17, 2012 at 9:21 am |

      The only one Connecticut offers that’s out-of-state is Penn State. (There’s a sizable PSU alumni base here, apparently.)

      The other college plates are the standard: UConn, University of Hartford, Central CT State University, and University of New Haven. (I guess that other school in New Haven thinks it’s above such things.)

    • Jesse Whidden | September 17, 2012 at 10:04 am |

      In Missouri, the “(almost) anything goes, as long as there are enough preorders” approach is used, with the additional steps of requiring a passing a state law the authorize the plate. A full listing of plates created thus far is in this PDF:

      The only out-of-state alumni group that has created its own specialty plate thus far is Arkansas. However, this entire process may be scrapped for the sole purpose of preventing Kansas fans/alumni from ever getting their own specialty plate:

    • Ben D | September 17, 2012 at 10:05 am |

      North Carolina offers several out of state schools as well.

      • Mike W. | September 17, 2012 at 10:07 am |

        Penn State plates are available in 10 states.

      • possum | September 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | There are the NC collegiate options. Interesting thing is they update the school logos. When Charlotte went from the old cursive UNCC logo to the new Niners C, they updated the plates at some point. During my commute I occasionally see the old style, will snap a pic if I’m able next time. Go Niners!

    • Aaron | September 17, 2012 at 10:07 am |

      We just went through this about a year ago on this very site. It started off with somebody pointing out Pennsylvania plates with out-of-state schools (if memory serves), and the ticker snowballed from there with examples until it was decided this was no big deal.

    • Chris in Nashville | September 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
      • tom | September 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

        that’s an old Auburn plate

        • tom | September 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

          I love to see mini vans around Tennessee with the 1998 BCS Champ plate. LOL that was so 14 years ago

    • Josh | September 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

      Arizona has only in-state schools offered.
      Although, I’d rather see an out of state school’s plate than that embarrassment called ASU.

    • Winter | September 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

      Texas’ offerings are actually pretty extensive.

      • Winter | September 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

        Forgot to say this is their competition to decide on new plates.

        • Winter | September 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

          Or not. Apparently a record of plates sold. I need to sleep now.

    • Douglas King | September 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

      For Georgia and I’m fairly certain several other states they only allow plates from other states if those states offer theirs.

      Basically in order for fans in GA to get Auburn or Alabama plates Alabama had to offer Georgia Tech and Georgia plates to their citizens. I’m pretty sure it was based off of preorders as well not just certain schools (i.e. there is a chance Georgia State could also get a plate in Alabama as long as there was enough demand and vice versa with a school like Alabama A&M).

  • Mike Edgerly | September 17, 2012 at 7:25 am |

    I realized I have to go to Palm Beach Atlantic H.S. for an event next April, I’ll have to wear my shades in the locker room to protect myself from those unis…

    • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 8:13 am |

      Why does the kid have TWO helmets??

      • ChrisH | September 17, 2012 at 9:56 am |

        He’s making sure that what happened to Thurmun Thomas in SB XXVI does not happen to him?

    • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am |

      To cop a phrase from The Old Man in “A Christmas Story”…..

      “He looks like a green nightmare!”

  • suprfrog | September 17, 2012 at 7:30 am |

    Sam Etcheverry used to wear #92 for the Montreal Alouettes:

    • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 8:50 am |

      Bernie Faloney was either 90 or 99 for Hamilton, too.

      • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 8:54 am |

        Charlie Conerly was #42 for Giants in GGEP…

      • suprfrog | September 17, 2012 at 11:31 am |

        Quick Google image search shows that he also wore #92.
        Must have been a Canadian thing…

        • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 11:48 am |

          Maybe wasn’t 90 or 99 at all for Faloney. Was working from memory, and didn’t do a search right then.

          In fairness, all that was before the CFL went to a numbering system. After they did, Etcheverry changed to #14, I think. Faloney changed to #10, I believe. Similar to Otto Graham changing from #60 to #14, or Norm Van Brocklin from #25 to #11.

        • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2012 at 11:52 am |

          Pretty sure those number changes are accurate, Ricko.

          After the numbering system, Ron Lancaster still wore #23 for the Roughriders and Flutie wore #22 for the Lions and #20 for the Stampeders.

    • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2012 at 10:34 am |

      At the turn of the millennium, Robert Hall of the Arena League’s Houston Thunderbears wore #88.

  • DonS | September 17, 2012 at 7:37 am |

    Regarding the Ron Jackson FNOB, I assume the reason was that Reggie Jackson was on the team at this time. Can anyone confirm if Reggie had a FNOB? I seem to vaguely recall “Reg Jackson” but I can’t confirm that.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 7:44 am |

      Yes, Reggie was on that team; no, he did not have “Reg. Jackson.” He just had “Jackson.”

  • WFY | September 17, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    A number of states have plates for out of state colleges. Virginia makes a lot of revenue that way.

  • dog named burrito | September 17, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    More college license plates featuring out of state schools:

    West Virginia (VT)

    And Pennsylvania (WVU, Marshall and others)

  • JAson | September 17, 2012 at 7:57 am |

    Paul, we brought this up in the pressbox on Saturday and wondered what you would think. Kenyon College’s football team has ditched their purple helmet in favor of a BFBS lid. The Lords lost 23 straight in the purple helmet but have started this season 2-1 in the black. So which is worse:


    or BFBS:

    • MPowers1634 | September 17, 2012 at 9:55 am |

      The purple looks MUCH better!

    • Patrick_in_MI | September 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

      How is it BFBS if they already have black on their unis? As much as I like purple, I think the black lids look better. Paul Newman must be rolling over in his grave!

      • JAson | September 18, 2012 at 7:25 am |

        It’s BFBS because the school colors are Purple & White

  • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    Trademark symbol on the ‘Bama helemet……LAME!

    • Rob S | September 17, 2012 at 10:43 am |

      And next to the number 14? The number of national championships they have, which could change in any year?


  • boxcarvibe | September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    Paul, regarding the picture of the NJ Giants woman, have you spotted the guy at the bar looking back saying “Hey putz, what you doing taking a picture of my wife?”

  • WFY | September 17, 2012 at 8:16 am |

    I’ve seen several variations on the “nj” for the “New Jersey Giants” over the years. I think something like 62% of the season ticket holders come from Jersey.

  • boxcarvibe | September 17, 2012 at 8:16 am |

    The security guard wearing football cleats is by design in case he has to chase down a DAD (drunk and disorderly).

    • Turtle12 | September 17, 2012 at 8:38 am |

      That’s what I assumed. He was pretty darned quick sprinting back to his spot in the seats after every inning change.

  • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 8:19 am |

    I see Deion Sanders is sporting those frontal hangy-down things (can’t remember what they’re called) in the Direct TV commercials.

  • Joseph Gerard | September 17, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    No image, but I know PA sells University of Michigan license plates. Can someone google that up real quick?

  • name dedacted | September 17, 2012 at 8:30 am |

    “This is probably the one thing all of Uni Watch can agree on. #NoUniAds”

    Not necessarily.

  • Mike W. | September 17, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    Get over the neon of the Seahawks unis…looks great as a trim and on the shoes! :) Go Bills!!

    • JimWa | September 17, 2012 at 9:40 am |

      I’m a big fan of bright colors. I feel that in this case, the green does a FANTASTIC job of “undoing” the leotard look of a blue on blue. They’re not the best NFL uniforms, but as shown in the picture, I don’t even know that I’d put them in the bottom half.

    • Lee | September 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |

      I like the Seahawks color scheme, but feel like it isn’t executed very well.


  • NickV | September 17, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    By the way, the Count Floyd from SCTV collars are bad enough, but the Nike fashion streaks on the collar fronts truly cheapen the look on many of the new NFL jerseys. They should not exist, period, on an NFL uniform.

    They are less offensive when placed upon a team with metalic colors (Gold or Silver).

    They have absolutely NO BUSINESS on a classic NFL uniform teams with two casic colors such as the Colts or Jets. Total abomination on the Colts jerseys.

    And buy the way, The Bengals look 1000% better sans the sidewal stripes, while the Seahawks have gone 50000% backwards with those messes they wore to beat the Cowboys. Maybe Dalas simply gor crosseyed looking at them line up across the ball ….

    • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 9:28 am |

      Count Floyd. Awesome!

  • Greg | September 17, 2012 at 8:34 am |

    By referring to Drew Storen as “Nat’s call-up”, you suggest Storen hasn’t been a major piece of their bullpen for the past two years. The Washington Post article to which you linked was two years old, published in 2010. I would suggest you, at least, start that item with, “When Drew Storen was called up to the Nats two years ago . . .”

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 8:36 am |

      My bad. Will fix.

  • NickV | September 17, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    My single HUGE uni-fear ….

    The Saints wear their Black leotards next week and beat the hapless Chiefs, and we get stuck looking at them pretend to dress up as Jackass Junior Colege for the next 14 weeks.

    Let us hope not. Let’s double up on burning those candles at the mid week masses ….

    • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 9:29 am |

      “Jackass Junior Colege ”

      Please tell me you did that on purpose. LOL!

  • NickV | September 17, 2012 at 8:41 am |

    Question for the UW Community – Northwest Faction.

    Some time ago I saw the Neil Lomax Portland State team play on national TV – I believe it was the playoffs. I could of sworn that they were wearing Green and Blue, similar to Tulane’s real, original, unique color combination.

    I know now that Portland state has pretty much adopted Green and lots of Black as the recent uniform (that comes with hiring Jerry Glanville, along with the BFBS cult that actually preceded him ….), but did Portland State ever wear Blue and Green as a regular uniform?

    Did I imagine this, or am I remembering it right?

    Please help – greatly appreciated …

  • Pete | September 17, 2012 at 8:41 am |

    I just added 10/10 “Show & Tell” to my calendar as I’ll be in NYC for 2 days on business. Paul how hard is it to get to Freddy’s via train from Manhattan? I’m an out of towner.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 8:47 am |

      Welcome aboard, Pete. Freddy’s is very subway-able. Take the “R” to the Prospect Ave station, which will leave you at 4th Ave and Prospect. Then walk one block east (uphill) to 5th Ave, hang a right, and walk 1.5 blocks.

      See you then!

  • rod | September 17, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Love those new Wake Forest uni’s :)

    • Brendan | September 17, 2012 at 8:58 am |

      How dare you include an apostrophe catastrophe! jk

  • name dedacted | September 17, 2012 at 8:47 am |

    Iirc, in virginia, they claimed if you did a petition or such with x amount of signatures, they would do your college.

    But i recall IU meeting the threshiold for years and then never making the plate (in the mid 2000s).

  • Chris Holder | September 17, 2012 at 9:01 am |

    As mentioned above, here in Tennessee we have plenty of out-of-state plates. I have one myself for Alabama. I have personally also seen Auburn, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Clemson. The most surprising? I’ve seen a couple of Purdue plates. Border states can be understandable, but Indiana? Definitely unexpected.

    The geek in me would love to know what university has a “state plate” the farthest away.

    • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 9:07 am |

      If anyone in Hawaii has one, that would be a good start.

  • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 9:04 am |

    No one noticed the kid in neon and forest has socks over the toes of his cleats?

    • ChrisH | September 17, 2012 at 10:14 am |

      At first I thought maybe the school had a ‘no cleats indoors’ policy and that this was done to protect the floor, but if that was the case I doubt the player would have taken the time to put 2 different color socks over them.

    • Coleman | September 17, 2012 at 11:58 am |

      I mentioned that in the comments whenever that photo first surfaced here about a week ago. That was one of the dumbest things about the uni in my opinion.

  • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 9:14 am |

    “Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington normally wears No. 13, but he wore No. 40 on Saturday to honor injured linebacker Julian Burnett.”

    Somebody’s hurt? Wow, best give him a Get Well Tribute.
    C’mon, people, shit happens. Live with it.

    Here my reference art for designing a universal patch all teams could wear all the time…

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 9:20 am |

      I think you should change the “OMG” to “Boo-fucking-Hoo.”

      • Arr Scott | September 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

        You mock, but how else is an injured player supposed to know that his teammates are pulling for his recovery?

        Kidding aside, I’ve been kind of looking for a new NFL team to root for. First team to award BFH helmet decals to players who return from same-season injuries will be my new favorite. Even if it is the Bears, Cowboys, or, shudder, Redskins.

    • David Murphy | September 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm |

      Burnett wasn’t just hurt. He can’t ever play football again. Fortunately, he isn’t wheelchair bound. Georgia Tech isn’t the first team to honor a player in this way.

      I do understand where you are coming from, Ricko. It does seem like athletes today go out of their way to draw attention to themselves. Like adding “III” to their NOB.

    • Douglas King | September 18, 2012 at 12:52 am |

      The guy was the heart and soul of our defense the past 2 seasons, he was undersized by pro standards but was an excellent LB, last year he suffered a neck injury that ended his playing career.

      The Seniors on the team are passing around his number this year in honor of what he meant and still means to the program. Week 1 TJ Barnes wore it (normally 92), week 2 Rod Sweeting (normally #6), in week 3 Tevin Washington wore it (normally #13). Orwin Smith (Normally #17) and Izaan Cross will wear it eventually and then they will start circulating it among non-seniors.

      They wear a #40 jersey with no NOB.

  • gtv | September 17, 2012 at 9:16 am |

    The state of Virginia offers myriad license plates, including schools outside of VA. Why? Simple answer is revenue.

  • Michael Guy | September 17, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    Chris Relf wore #36 in the Gator Bowl on January 1, 2011 for teammate Nick Bell who passed away earlier that season. After his death, several Mississippi State players wore #36 (a different player each week) to honor him.

  • Rob H. | September 17, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    My guess on the I-5 decal? They’re just honoring everyone who’s ever been stuck in traffic.

  • ChrisH | September 17, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  • Chris | September 17, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    There’s an article on Yahoo! that says the NFL is upset with RGIII over the fact that he managed to avoid the swoosh during warm-ups for the 2nd straight week. Last week he black it out with “HEART”, yesterday he wore a plain gray t-shirt over his Nike compression shirt.

    • MPowers1634 | September 17, 2012 at 10:04 am |

      Rumor has it that I am a big Nike guy!

      However, my disdain for RG3 pulling his antics is more a product of the “look at me” or “I have to do this BECAUSE people are looking at me” mentality.

      This goes back to the Jordan Dream Team antics of 1992.

      Or even during the 90’s when players would spat their turfs and draw a swoosh or whatever logo on the tape.


      • Chris | September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am |

        I don’t know one way or the other, but he does have a deal with Adidas, maybe he’s showing loyalty to the company that pays him.

        • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am |

          Yeah, because god forbid he should be showing loyalty to the team or league that pay him.

        • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |

          Same bugaboo as basketball.

          Kobe works for Nike.
          He plays for the Lakers.

          Semantics? Maybe.
          Then again, maybe not.

        • Rob H | September 17, 2012 at 11:57 am |

          Yeah, because god forbid he should be showing loyalty to the company that pays the team or league that pay him.


  • JB | September 17, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    Pennsylvania also offers license plates for out of state schools. (example, purdue,

  • Mike | September 17, 2012 at 9:55 am |

    White over Gold Redskins looked awesome! that is all.

    • Dumb Guy | September 17, 2012 at 10:05 am |

      Correct. I concur.

    • MPowers1634 | September 17, 2012 at 10:06 am |

      I agree. I love the Redskins with the gold pants…the burgundy was too antiquated.

      I also LOVE the Bills new sets that they began wearing last year!

      • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 10:35 am |

        So a hodgepodge of an even older uni is an improvement? :)

        • Lee | September 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |

          Are you talking Bills? If so, then yes, whatever they are doing now is 100x better than what they were doing three years ago.
          Now if they would just fix their face masks to blue, they’d be set.


        • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 11:41 am |

          No, Redskins.

    • Lee | September 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |

      The Redskins need to pick a striping style that is consistent from helmet to shirt to pants to socks.

      The neeeeeed to.


  • Ronnie Poore | September 17, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    really liked the Chargers in all white…still wishing they would put the numbers on the helmets.

    • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 10:35 am |

      What he said.

    • Phil Hecken | September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm |


  • Gerry Dincher | September 17, 2012 at 10:12 am |

    In the last 10 years or so I have seen high school quarterbacks wearing 40 and 42. Both games were towards the end of the year, my guess is that they were running backs that had to fill in for injured QBs.

  • MPowers1634 | September 17, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    This DB on the Bucs looks RIDICULOUS! ARe there NO sock rules in the NFL?–nfl_mezz_1280_1024.jpg?width=960&height=720

    BTW, are those JB cleats that NICKS? is wearing, because there is no visible logo?

  • pinetorum | September 17, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    All of North Carolina’s college license plate options: Includes most, if not all, ACC teams, but my favorite is the Campbell University Camels. Not every day you see a camel on a license plate…

  • Kyle O. | September 17, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    What I find most interesting about the high school uniform is the “booties” that are both in the picture (though don’t appear to be on properly) and the ones in the article linked. It appears to slide over the shows to make them look more “uniform”. I have never seen anything like that before.

  • Jim Vilk | September 17, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    Lakeridge High in Oregon has resurrected the uniforms helmets of the old USFL Boston/New Orleans/Portland Breakers


  • anthony | September 17, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    Can someone please explain the NFL policy regarding shoes (cleats, etc.)?

    Besides having teams like the Steelers and Giants who seem to be wearing 4 different versions of NIKE designed shoes, you’ll see teams like the Jets and 49ers who seem to wear all black (or mostly black) shoes.

    What is the deal here? The Steelers look like S#!t. The Giants seem to be all over the freakin’ place. Yet, you’ll find a (somewhat) traditional look on the Jets and 49ers.

    I’m confused about this.

    Please make them stop.

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 10:51 am |

      In terms of league regulations, players can now wear black, white, or any team color, in any combination. Judging by the visual evidence, some teams appear to have imposed more stringent rules of their own, while others haven’t.

      • Ricko | September 17, 2012 at 10:54 am |

        Welcome back to the early ’70s.

      • anthony | September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am |

        thank you Paul.

        It just looks terrible (see: Steelers).

        I’m surprised given the “strict and regimented uniform policy” approach that Nike and the NFL have strived for — that they would think this looks good.

        But then again, the item I’m complaining about is there bread and butter.

        • anthony | September 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |

          …”their” not “there”.

      • Rob S | September 17, 2012 at 11:56 am |

        Ten years too late for Peyton Manning… remember when he wanted to wear black shoes to honor Johnny Unitas, but was denied permission because the Colts had gone with white for the season?

        • Mike Engle | September 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

          YEP. And Jake Plummer couldn’t keep his Pat Tillman sticker either. (Former teammate at ASU and with the Cardinals, and very close friends.) That heartless Paul Tagliabue…how dare he control players’ outward grieving and tribute stickers? Clearly, Roger Goodell got it right with the Sean Taylor tribute-palooza.

  • brinke | September 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    1) I know Harbaugh wore this latest shirt in pre-season..before he switched to his ‘patch’ version.

    2) which brand shoes are allowed on field? I’ve seen Rivers and Peyton wear the same shoe–it’s Reebok–but it looks strangely anonymous.

  • brinke | September 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |

    I know Harbaugh wore Sunday’s current short in the pre-season before he switched to the patch.

    What are the league approved field shoes? Peyton and Rivers both wear rather anonymous looking Reeboks.

  • Tim E. O'B | September 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

    I don’t mind letting NFL players wear whatever team-color shoes they want so long as that would mean a cut down on hosiery chicanery, but that doesn’t seem to be the case thus far.

    • The Jeff | September 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

      Team color shoes look far better than black on any team that doesn’t wear black. The Raiders, Steelers, Bengals, Saints & Ravens should all have black shoes. The rest of the league should be using white or team colors.

      • Phil Hecken | September 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

        (insert ricko comment about girly socks and cute matching shoes here)

        • The Jeff | September 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

          (insert Old Man Yells at Cloud image)

        • Ricko | September 18, 2012 at 6:12 am |

          Not the same thing.
          As I understand it, humans have very little control over clouds.
          They are, however, fully in charge of their decision to wear socks from the Sheldon Cooper Dork Collection.

          As Sheldon said upon being shown a classy navy blue suit, “That’s a lot of money for one color.” He then found black & white checkered and teal rhinestone-adorned suits far more attractive.

          But, for a generation that grew up thinking football players should look like the Power Rangers…

  • Kyle Allebach | September 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    I get RG3 is adidas, and I get adidas and Nike hate each other, but covering up your swoosh before the game is just a childish act. No one’s going to say “Hey, RG3 is wearing a swoosh! I guess he likes Nike!”

    • Chris | September 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

      You’d be surprised what the average consumer considers an endorsement. While I’m not invested either way, I can see why Adidas wouldn’t want him to sport a rival product. Uniform is one thing, you can’t control that, but if Adidas is paying him to endorse their products, I’m sure they’d prefer he not wear a visable swoosh. Didn’t Reggie Bush have this same issue when he came in the league and was sporting Adidas cleats?

  • Josh | September 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

    Anyone notice that UNLV’s unis look like the old USFL Memphis Showboats?

    Memphis Showboats

  • Chris K | September 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm |

    I’d like to rewind back to Friday a saw how nice it was to learn about the bread bag clips vs. twist ties. My experience is I don’t care for the clips. And to answer a question from Paul, I’ve broken clips many times. Either through operator error, when I force it to go on, or from the fact that sometimes we’ll freeze bread, and those clips don’t do well when you force a frozen one back over the bag. But I’ve also given myself some major pricks (I said it) from those metal twist ties, once the paper? begins to wear off of them. Admittedly, I feel a kinship to this uni blog community. And as such I’m hurting. I know it’s just a cat, but my wife and I had to euthanize our cat last Friday. She (Sassy) was 20, which is remarkable. Our first cat passed last November at 19, so we have been lucky to have had so much time together. Our hearts are crushed, but we got through the weekend. Diversions help, so sorting through the uniform minutiae of last weekend, was helpful. Our hearts are heavy. I apologize for slobbering around here today. It’s sort of a cathartic exercise.

    • Chris K | September 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

      How about this instead…. ~rewind back to Friday and say how nice it was~….

    • Paul Lukas | September 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

      Chris, as a fellow cat owner, I feel for your loss. Hang in there….

    • pflava | September 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

      Sorry for your loss, Chris. That’s a very difficult thing to have to do.

    • Le Cracquere | September 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

      Very sorry to hear it–20 years is a long time, but it’s never really long enough. Best wishes to you & yours.

      • Chris K | September 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm |

        Thank you very much to all.

        • quiet seattle | September 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

          Sad to lose our companions. But I bet yours had a great life.

    • Skycat | September 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

      As part of the feline community, I send my sincere condolences.

    • StLMarty | September 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

      I have dogs and cats, but I tend to stand up more for kitties.
      I been in your shoes more than a few times and I know it sucks. Fortunately, it does get better.

  • tedkerwin | September 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

    Add New Jersey to the list of out of state colleges.

    The Alumni Organization has to have 500 members in good standing to apply. So the plate is technically not a university plate, but it might as well be.

  • Benjamin J. Douthett | September 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

    Florida offers plates for 36 different universities… but all of them are in-state. The website is completely silent on the subject of out-of-state schools, so I can only assume they don’t have any.

  • Chip Powell | September 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

    I think the Orioles may be a bit mis-informed about their bird designers. According to the sign, the Walsh bird was designed by Stan Walsh, who the sign claims created Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Those characters were actually created by an artist named Vernon Grant, who lived in my home town of Rock Hill, SC and actually attended church with my in-laws. We’ve got his art all over the city, with a special exhibit at the local museum.

  • Rex | September 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

    Considering the misuse of similar colors, I think the Guelph Gryphons look more like University of Maryland’s Under Armor shit show design.

  • Rex | September 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    The license plate issues seems a bit silly. Once you’ve allowed one commercial design, the flood gates are open to any other commercial design, regardless of either’s location.

  • KenS | September 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

    That St. Francis HS football uni… Nike jersey with Wilson pants?

  • James A | September 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm |

    Many moons ago I remember seeing a very good looking bootleg t-shirt of the “New Jersey Giants” somewhere along the Jersey Shore. I keep hoping I’ll run across a similarly well-done shirt for the “New Jersey Jets”. I would be all over that to thumb my nose at the geographicly challenged.

  • Mark D (the third one) | September 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm |

    Duke sucks.

  • Phil Hecken | September 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

    charlie daniels?


  • Coleman | September 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    Are the Broncos’ facemasks black?

    • The Jeff | September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm |


    • DJ | September 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm |


    • Coleman | September 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm |

      Yeah, tv setting was on cinema, made ’em look a lot darker. Plus I’m blind apparently.

  • Phil Hecken | September 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm |

    on another note (and forgive me if this was posted above)…

    is this fuckin’ guy wearing socks on his cleats?

    WTF? that totally ruins the outfit

  • Chance Michaels | September 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm |

    The Green Bay Press-Gazette has a little note celebrating a wonderful little anniversary in Packers history – “It was 62 years ago today, Sept. 17, 1950, that the Green Bay Packers wore green and gold uniforms for the first time.”.

    Except – 1935? 1936? Not to mention 1950 and ’51?

    At first, I thought the unattributed article might be making some point about the gorgeous metallic-gold helmets in that photo. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. This seems instead to be another example of the misinformation that’s out there about the early decades of pro football. So frustrating if that’s the case.

    • Chance Michaels | September 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm |

      Ugh – my kingdom for an edit button. That 50 or ’51 should refer to 37 and 39, for which I have no color photos.

      Sorry about that, but at least we can document the green and gold in 35 and 36.

  • Brosinle | September 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm |

    Ref. the Australian police ball caps:

    Chicago PD wears a very similar style:

    • Patrick_in_MI | September 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm |

      Ugh, police officers should never wear baseball caps. Looks like something they purchased from Cafepress using clipart wordmark.

  • Jordan Pope | September 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm |

    I’m guessing that the I-5 decal on Portland State’s helmets has to do with them playing UW, which is a trip up I-5.

  • Joseph Gerard | September 18, 2012 at 12:34 am |

    Even the staged world of professional wrestling is now doing pink for breast cancer awareness. Look at John Cena and the middle ring rope.

    C’mon now WWE. It’s still September!

    Sorry, but unless its the Hart family, pink doesn’t belong in wrestling.

  • Kevin Wright | September 18, 2012 at 7:15 am |

    1. Sid Luckman played for the Bears in the 40’s, and wore #42.

    2. The Commownealth of Virginia does this, too:

  • patrick | September 19, 2012 at 2:13 am |

    Texas has a variety of out-of-state schools available through, including Mizzou – Definitely thought it was weird when I first saw that.